On Thursday afternoon, the Rangers Youth Academy Twitter account confirmed that goalkeeper Lewis Budinauckas has signed an Ibrox contract extension.

The new deal is set to keep him at the club until 2022.

Budinauckas joins Robby McCrorie as a second young stopper on a relatively long-term contract.

Despite being only 17, the Academy prospect already has a Scottish Youth Cup winners medal, having played in the 3-2 victory over Celtic at Hampden in last season’s final.

This season, he’s been a regular in the UEFA Youth League, but his finest performance came in the Challenge Cup in October.

Following Kieran Wright’s late call up as first-team cover for the trip to Ross County, Budinauckas was drafted in to start the Fourth Round clash against Solihull Moors.

He conceded three times over the course of the 90 minutes, but came into his own during the penalty shootout, saving from Terry Hawkridge and former Gers loanee Gael Bigirimana to book his side’s spot in the quarter-final.

Budinauckas has clearly impressed the coaching staff with his efforts so far this season, and this new deal gives him real security. He can now look to kick on and give himself the best chance of making it as a future first-team star.

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